ELJ Publications has quite a few calls for submissions out there that all of you should know about (and submit to)! With so many things going on, there’s something for everyone.
Two projects focused on Mental Health:
ELJ Publications has created the Esperanza Editions Series under the ELJ Publications to address mental health awareness. Any single author title with a mental illness theme accepted will be part of the Esperanza Editions Series. In addition to receiving an ELJ Publications standard contract, each accepted author will receive a $50 stipend or token advance. The royalties on a $12 tile is $1.20. A $50 token advance roughly equals 42 copies sold. For those of you familiar with the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Series, 42 is the answer to life, the universe and everything.
The stigma surrounding mental illness must be eliminated. ELJ Publications admire writers willing to tackle this theme through art, to share their stories with the world. We are looking to remove the stigma of mental illness with powerful words of experience. Each submitter must have experienced mental illness first hand or is very close to a loved on experiencing mental illness. Please tell us your story. Together we will write away the stigma one word at a time.
Our Wood Becomes Bone Collection is part of the Esperanza Series.
Thank you for sharing your story.
ELJ is looking to publish a collection with a mental illness theme titled Wood Becomes Bone. We are looking for 5 poets with 8 poems each, no more no less. Submissions will be open until all slots are filled. Accepted contributors will be paid $20 each and receive 5 copies of the collection. We are looking to remove the stigma of mental illness with powerful words of experience. Each submitter must have experienced mental illness first hand or is very close to a loved on experiencing mental illness. Please tell us your story.
There’s even a project open only to women writers:
ELJ Publications is looking to publish an annual collection beginning in March 2015 to celebrate Women’s History Month exclusively written by women titled Wild Horses. We are looking for 10 writers each contributing either a creative non-fiction or memoir no more than 5,000 words long to be a part of an annual collection. Ideally, every piece will exceed 3,000 words. Submissions will be open annually until all slots are filled. Accepted contributors will be paid $10 each and receive 5 copies of the collection. We are looking to share women’s stories of empowerment and triumph, everything and anything woman. Every submitter must be a woman. Sorry gentlemen. Please tell us your story. Together we will set the world on fire.
We are currently accepting 1-3 pieces per submission.
All sales proceeds will be donated to RAINN: Rape Abuse Incest National Network.
Long story short: Submit to this amazing press!
My poem, ‘Gastronomica,’ appears in the latest issue of The Write Life, An Ode to Words
One of the poems from my book, Chronicles of a Bee Whisperer, has recently been republished in the latest issue of The Write Life.
The poem, titled ‘Gastronomica,’ puts a new twist on a couple of common phrases that we use today — take a look at the issue, An Ode To Words, to read! The issues are free if you register your email address on the site; a link to view the pdf will be sent to your inbox with each issue. Or, you can download the free app on your iPhone/iPad and purchase copies for a small fee.
Next Tuesday (November 12th) at 6pm I will be reading from my book of poetry Chronicles of a Bee Whisperer at the UConn Co-Op on the Storrs Campus. Titled “Creative Sustenance,” the event is to benefit the Covenant Soup Kitchen in Willimantic, CT.
I’ll be reading alongside fellow poet Kate Schapira whose work includes The Soft Place and The Ground/The Pass/The Wave. Join us to support this amazing cause led by the Creative Writing Program at UConn; bring a canned good or donate a few dollars and I might even sign a copy of my book!
Cover art by Harry Campbell
For the past few months I have been volunteering with The Newtowner on a very special project: a special tribute issue of the magazine offered as a “healing gift to the people of Newtown” after the tragedy that they have faced.
The issue features work by such notable authors as Wally Lamb, Lois Lowry, Katherine Paterson, Steven Kellogg, and Yusef Komunyakaa alongside letters from national leaders like Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy and the people most directly impacted by the crisis: the people of Newtown. Teachers, students, and residents of the brave town offer their own words of love, hope, and compassion, showing us that good can come from even the most heinous of actions.
Though the issue is not yet available (you can pre-order copies here), I can tell you from my work with it that it accomplishes what it has set out to accomplish: it examines the tragedy with a focus on the victims, not the perpetrator, and offers itself as a beacon of light and hope to cut through the darkness and despair. It shows us the strength not only of the people who have been forced to heal, but also of the art and literature that can help mend broken hearts and shattered lives.
I will post something closer to the publication date once it is finalized, but I wanted to let all of you know that this has been in the works. There are 14 days left to the campaign of supplying each family in Sandy Hook with an issue of the magazine, and you can do your part by donating anything that you can to their indiegogo page here.
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Grey Sparrow’s logo
Grey Sparrow seeks submissions on a rolling basis — meaning that you can submit anytime (which is absolutely wonderful). They are, however, currently awaiting submissions — particularly of flash fiction (under 1,000 words). If you’ve got any work done, now would be the ideal time to submit, while the editor is actively seeking it out!
The call, from Grey Sparrow Press’s facebook page, below:
We’re a little low on submissions… Possibly because it’s the summer, but always receiving quality work–could use flash.
So get out there and submit! Submissions details here.